I don’t know about you but I’ve got certain books that will never leave my personal library. These are books that impacted me in a HUGE way! When I come back to a “favorite” a couple of years down the road, I usually learn something new. Maybe it’s the current circumstances I’m in, or wisdom. In any case, re-reading a book impacts (and inspires) me all over again.
The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren is one of my favorites. I read the book the first time, years ago. I can’t really say why I read it, maybe it was “trendy.” I have a tendency to do that. I re-read this book according to Rick’s advice. There are 40 chapters in this book. He suggests that you read 1 chapter a day and concentrate not only on the theme(s) but also the references to the Bible, and lastly, questions to consider. Reading the book according to this schedule gives the reader an opportunity to process the questions and themes that Rick poses throughout this great literary piece.
This is my “take” on rereading The Purpose Driven Life. Each one of us is born (and comes to earth) with a purpose or a talent. Our talents are “person-specific.” That means that no one does the talent or skill better than you. Your talents are as specific as your finger prints. With ALL the people in the world; there are no 2 people who have the same finger prints. Your job is to figure out your purpose or talent.
God created you on purpose. You aren’t an accident. Just as Jesus came down to earth to fulfill a purpose; so do you. One of Jesus’ purposes was to teach others a better way to live. He did this by example. Through it all, he maintained dignity, respect, kindness and love. In addition, he inspired and instructed 12 men to carry out his purpose or vision. Jesus’ purpose was to teach others a better way to live. When he realized his purpose was complete, he died and left a legacy!
Since we are all created by God; we must remember that we are a part of his FAMILY. We are to follow in Jesus’ footsteps. He was the prime example on how all of us are to live.
When you understand your purpose; when you understand that you are here because God created you to help him, and when you turn your life over to living out your purpose (according to his will); you are living The Purpose Driven Life!
Question for you: Do you know your purpose? Are you using it for the betterment of others?
Focus: God, life purpose, spirit